By John Collins, veteran Highgate Green Party member
In his new book, Camden: A Political History, available from tomorrow from The Owl Bookshop in Kentish Town, and probably also other good local bookshops, former local Tory leader Piers Wauchope says the Greens were “such an unknown phenomenon” in 2006 that the main parties were “baffled by their appeal…especially in Highgate”.
Perhaps he was misled by his own otherwise excellent statistical appendix, where he strangely omits any reference (on p.367) to the Highgate ward Green Party candidate Ronnie Eyres, who polled 628 votes in 1994, well ahead of all three Lib Dems.
In fact the Greens were ahead of the Highgate Lib Dems in four of the five elections from 1990-2006, and, as Wauchope duly acknowledges, won their first two seats in 2006.
Editor’s note: CNJ editor Richard Osley has also been commenting on the coverage of the Greens, specifically of Sian Berry.